ESOL Resources

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A reading, writing, listening and discussion task. The topic is skills at risk and the older generation. Comprehension questions focus on the gist. The grammar focus is passive voice verbs. Learners will discuss and write sentences about their skills, and will write about traditional skills that are in danger of dying out.

Level
L1
L2
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Sc/L1.3a Express statements of fact
ESOL Sc/L1.3b Give factual accounts
ESOL Sc/L2.4b Give factual accounts 
ESOL Lr/L1.2d Listen for grammatical detail
ESOL Lr/L2.2d Listen for grammatical detail
ESOL Rs/L2.1a
ESOL Ws/L2.1a
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Art Film Media Music TV

This resource is aimed at high E3, L1 and L2 ESOL learners who make mistakes when using conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs in their writing to express contrast. There are seven speaking, reading and writing tasks in all.

Level
L1
L2
English
Use knowledge of grammar
Apply grammar
Identify main points and detail
Functional Skills English
ESOL
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation)
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Sport
News, Politics & Government items

An ESOL reading comprehension based on a BBC News report on the death of Stanislav Petrov, who averted a potential Cold War disaster in 1983.

The text contains several examples of past perfect, reported speech and third / mixed conditionals. The activity combines reading for gist, for detail, identifying vocabulary and identifying parts of speech. An extension activity gives learners an opportunity to write a similar short text, using the same elements of grammar to tell a story about a decision that changed events.

Level
L2
L1
English
Use knowledge of grammar
Apply grammar
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
News, Politics & Government items
History

One of the Level 2 Functional English Writing exam papers asked students to write a speech.

I found a speech online and showed them how to use repeated words, emphasis, subheadings and to think about their audience. I then used the Drink Aware website to create this resource to enable students to practise speech writing.

This resource could also be used to practise writing letters or emails to colleagues to encourage them to think about drink driving, and to practise other aspects of writing styles for Level 2 exams.

Level
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Plan, compose and draft
ESOL
ESOL Wt/L2.1a
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport
Health, Social care, Early years
Health and safety

A set of 9 email templates / writing frames for all levels.
Long ones, short ones, plain ones, shaded ones, some with proof reading tips, one with a focus on using conjunctions. Pick and choose to suit your learners.

With a useful Functional English mapping chart listing all the coverage and range writing statements for each level from E1 – L2.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

This Blue Cross resource was written for strong E3 or L1 (or even L2) ESOL learners. I first used it as a homework exercise. The English on the site is a little quirky but it is an exercise using authentic material which always has its upsides and downsides.

However, it is good on human interests and most people like animals. It involves ICT, Reading and Writing. It’s best to pre-teach the vocabulary.

Also ideal for, and fully mapped to, Functional Skills English Level 1 reading and writng.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Voluntary & Charity
Animal care, farming & equine

The worksheets can be used as seems appropriate for your learners. My method was for learners to identify the seasons and write the names beneath the pictures – I had put them on the board in a random order for learners to be able to use first and second letter recognition to match the words and pictures.

The days of the week sheet was used as a recapping tool – learners insert the first letter, then fold at the dotted line and write them out again. This was followed by a Q and A session on ‘what do you do on…’ to get learners talkiing about activities.

Level
M8
E1
Pre-entry
pE Rtc/M8.3
pE Rs/M8.1
pE Rw/M8.2
pE Rw/M8.3
pE Wt/M8.4
pE Ws/M8.1
pE Ww/M8.1
pE Ww/M8.2
ESOL
ESOL Writing
ESOL Reading

Housework is a set of three related resources:
Housework is a very funny video (with a rather predictable ending!) accompanied by words and jolly music and designed to introduce, complement or summarise the two related resources below.
Although aimed at M8-E2, ESOL/Literacy groups of all levels will enjoy this video and it is bound to prompt disucssion. Supplied as a zipped WMV (Windows Media Video) file (6.8 MB). A big thank you must go to Janet Fletcher who co-authored this video!

Level
M8
E1
E2
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
AL Rw/E1.1
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Pre-entry
pE Rw/M8.3
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Independent living

A great set of ideas for essay writing – some with ideas for discussion (and often planning tips). Topics are: controversial topics, hero or villain, your neighbourhood, perfect holiday, and visiting a period in time.

Level
L1
L2
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

Written for L2 literacy and ESOL students. Six lively task sheets cover letters of application, holiday enquiries, letters of complaint and more.
The practical, real life aspect also makes this an ideal resource for Functional English.

Level
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)